Conservatives Gone Crazy

"The conservative movement, once about finding meaning in private life and public service, has undergone a shift toward demagoguery and hucksterism," says a former National Review editor.

"The conservative movement, once about finding meaning in private life and public service, has undergone a shift toward demagoguery and hucksterism," says David Klinghoffer, a former National Review editor: "Once, the iconic figures on the political right were urbane visionaries and builders of institutions—like William F. Buckley Jr., Irving Kristol and Father Richard John Neuhaus, all dead now. Today, far more representative is potty-mouthed Internet entrepreneur Andrew Breitbart, whose news and opinion website, Breitbart.com, is read by millions. ... What has become of conservatism? We have reached a point at which nothing could be more important than to stop and recall what brought us here, to the right, in the first place."

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